The original Italian Job had Michael Caine leading a gang stealing gold driving over the Alps, had Mark Anscombe must have felt like doing the same last weekend as Ulster left Italy with eight points from two games they could have very easily lost.
A two point victory over Zebre was followed by a single point win over Treviso and they missed a kick to win the game.
Prop Callum Black was delighted to escape with two wins which preserved Ulster’s unbeaten start to the season.
“In the first game we were very fortunate to get the win and we knew we didn’t perform well and didn’t get any flow to our game,” said Black
“After that we analysed every part of the game and in the week we really tried to focus on ourselves and we knew against Treviso it would be a step up as well.”
“Yet again we never got any real possession and every time we got turned over they attacked us.”
“It was a really frustrating week really, personally, and we knew we didn’t perform to our best and we were very lucky to come out with the two wins. Just all round it wasn’t great.”
“But we’ve got to look at positives, we came out of there with two wins and eight points.”
“It’s back to basics this week and refocus for the Scarlets and try and put in a good team performance.”
Ulster face a stiff test of their unbeaten run as they travel to the second placed Scarlets
“It’s a great buzz and great to be in this squad week in and week out.”
“It’s good to have that kind of pressure on you as a team as nobody wants to be in that squad that loses the first game.”
“We put pressure on ourselves to perform week in and week out.”
“Last year it was great to get to the final of the Heineken but if you look at our league form in tight games last year we were losing whereas this year we had those two bad performances in Italy but we came away with two wins.”
“We’re coming in and still enjoying our job and just trying to make it right this time.”